Physiotherapists: number of employees in Europe in 2017

In 2017, there were 188 thousand physiotherapists employed in the healthcare sector in Germany, by far the highest figure in Europe, around one hundred thousand more than there were in France which had the second highest in Europe, respecting the fact that this was 2016 data rather than 2017 data. Italy followed with approximately 61.3 thousand employed physiotherapists in 2017.

Number of physiotherapists has risen significantly in Germany

In the year 2000, Germany had 78 thousand physiotherapists employed in their healthcare sector. Since then the number has grown year-on-year. The number of physiotherapists in France has increased between 2000 and 2015 as well but at a much lower rate than in Germany.

Do Germans visit the physio more often?

In 2018, 40 percent of individuals in Germany reported they were living with a long-standing limiting health condition or illness. This was a higher rate than the in other comparably large western Europe nations and may indicate that there is a higher need for physical therapists in Germany compared to other countries. Nine percent of people in Germany say they visit a physical or occupational therapist at least three times a year. Overall 23 percent of those in Germany will visit a physical or occupation therapist at least once a year, which is higher than the frequency of visits in Great Britain or France.

Number of physiotherapists employed in Europe in 2017, by country

Number of employees
Germany188,000
France*87,991
Italy61,297
Spain51,130
Netherlands32,930
United Kingdom28,071
Poland26,495
Belgium23,001
Czechia9,075
Greece8,048
Hungary4,993
Austria3,905
Ireland3,102
Slovakia1,833
Portugal1,433
Slovenia1,330
Luxembourg1,198
Estonia475
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Source

Release date

July 2019

Region

Europe

Survey time period

2017

Supplementary notes

* 2016 data

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